The 2000-Year-Old Sarcophagus Finally Opened Despite Hilarious Warning Tweets

Archaeologists finally opened up the 2000-year-old sarcophagus and found three skeletons of men floating in sewage water.
Kashyap Vyas

For those of you who don’t know, earlier this month, a group of archaeologists came across a mysterious black sarcophagus buried under the ground when they were excavating a construction site. This massive coffin was believed to be 2000 years old and belong to some influential person of the Ptolemaic period (323-30 BCE).

The internet’s response to the news was however filled with a lot of fun. The entirely intact and unbroken sarcophagus generated much interest and fascination among the experts and novices alike, and speculations about this giant black coffin continued to pour in!

Some even suggested that it could contain the corpse of Alexander the Great. Even the Archaeologists were excited of this discovery as the thick layer of the mortar was a clear sign that this sarcophagus was not opened before by anyone in the past.

However, after much anticipation, the archaeologists finally opened up the tomb yesterday, and NO, they didn't find anything pretty! Instead, the authorities found three skeletons floating in sewage water that managed to seep inside the tomb through the cracks on road surfaces.

The 2000-Year-Old Sarcophagus Finally Opened Despite Hilarious Warning Tweets
Source: Ministry of Antiquities/Facebook

Mostafa Waziri, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities said in a statement that "The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse," in response to the media rumors that claimed opening the tomb would bring bad luck for the world.

The sewage however decomposed the mummies according to the ministry's press release. However, there are still the skeletal remains which most likely belong to military officers according to Shaaban Abdel Moneim, a specialist in the study of mummies and skeletons.

The 2000-Year-Old Sarcophagus Finally Opened Despite Hilarious Warning Tweets
Source: Ministry of Antiquities/Facebook

Waziri confirmed this in a statement saying that one of the skulls shows multiple fractures caused by a sharp instrument, pointing out that it belongs to a warrior. The other two skulls are however intact and belong to men.

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Alexandria Governor Mohamed Sultan told Egypt Today that the three skeletons will be transferred to the Alexandria National Museum and the Ministry of Antiquities will be analyzing the skeletal remains to identify their ages and cause of death.


While the findings weren't too exciting as expected, the speculations that came along with the news might still tickle your funny bone!

Jeet Heer tweeted,  

Another tweet came from David Milner who commented, 

And people have not just been quoting The Mummy. As Alexandra Petri mentions, it’s any horror movie we have ever seen. Her tweet says,

Author Nick Moseley pointed out a fairly good point in his tweet saying,  

These and many more tweets have made quite a big joke of this sarcophagus that has still not been opened.  

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